The Maid of the Mill

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Description

This engraving appeared as a plate in a story of the same name in the Amaranth, or Token of Remembrance, a literary annual. These annuals were often given to loved ones as gifts for Christmas or New Year's. The accompanying story is about a young girl who relinquishes her middle class life and identity to experience life as a working mill girl, fancying that this will grant her a "freer life." She ultimately meets and falls in love with a young boy whom she believes to be a cottage hand but is, indeed, a rich gentleman. The story, like the image, provides an example of how mill girls were frequently romanticized in literature directed at the middle class.
 
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Title

The Maid of the Mill

Creator

E. Corbould and H.W. Smith

Source

The Amaranth, or, Token of Remembrance
p. 97

Date

1852

Subject

Labor--Fiction
Gift books--United States--19th century
Book illustrations
Women--Pictorial works

Coverage

Boston, Massachusetts

Citation

E. Corbould and H.W. Smith, “The Maid of the Mill,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed December 15, 2017, http://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/44.